Telepractice: A Clinical Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists

First Edition

Melissa Jakubowitz, Lesley Edwards-Gaither

Details: 175 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-380-7

© 2022 | Available

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In an era of increased distance learning and digital services, Telepractice: A Clinical Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists offers speech-language pathologists (SLPs) the crucial information they need to provide successful telepractice services. Written with the viewpoint of post-COVID 19 application, this professional text includes everything SLPs need to know about telepractice and can assist both veteran and novice SLPs adjust to working via telepractice as the new normal.

Within this compact “how-to” guide, clinicians will find a range of valuable resources, including an overview of best evidence-based practices for teletherapy; specific therapeutic techniques and methods for engaging clients; a discussion of the cultural and linguistic considerations to keep in mind when assessing and treating clients via telepractice, and information on working with parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, eHelpers, and other facilitators. The authors also share their extensive experience and delve into the entrepreneurial aspects of telepractice to help clinicians building a teletherapy business to set themselves up for success.

Key Features

  • Case scenarios representing clients at various ages, from early intervention through adulthood, that demonstrate client engagement
  • Checklists, rubrics, models, and frameworks that will support the utilization of telepractice
  • A simple business plan and a rate calculator, along with all the information necessary to be a successful telepractitioner
  • A PluralPlus companion website with case scenarios and downloadable versions of practical resources 



"This book is an excellent resource! I learned so much-from the existence of The American Telemedicine Association and Telehealth Facilitator certificates, to the origins of online assessment, to details of public school contracting, to the upcoming ASLP-IC. Thank you! I thought I had a good knowledge base but this book filled in gaps I didn’t know were there. This book was well worth my time and I’m already putting it to use!"
Sarah Zsak, MS, CCC-SLP

“This text provides speech-language pathologists with current, post-pandemic, evidence-based best practices to serve their clients in remote settings. The book includes a companion website that contains the charts, tables, and checklists illustrated within the book and two PowerPoint lectures… The seven chapters are well cited and review the history of telepractice, which has existed far longer than the pandemic. The authors provide information on current policy (2022) and the how-to of managing sessions with clients from technological and behavioral perspectives. In addition, a review of research and policy regarding both assessment and treatment are addressed, including discussions about cultural and linguistic factors. Several models for teletherapy and information to assist clinicians in evaluating apps and materials are provided. One chapter contains eight case scenarios ranging from early intervention to adulthood. These would be helpful to clinicians new to telepractice as the chapters describe the clients, goals, and strategies suggested for successful teletherapy sessions with the listed population, including critical thinking questions that may be helpful during instruction… This book gives a current overview of numerous aspects of telepractice and may be helpful both for current speech-language pathologists as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Because the book addresses policy, which is constantly changing, readers will need to evaluate what is current and relevant in their state. It is the most current text on telepractice available.”
Suzanne M. Welty, MA, EdD, CCC, Biola University, fin Doody’s Reviews (July 2022)

"This book is a concise but informational text for successfully implementing telepractice services ethically and with evidence-based strategies. The authors define standard terms used in telepractice and have covered the key areas related to telepractice. Several case studies and critical thinking prompts walk readers through providing telepractice. The authors also acknowledge providing interventions for CLD individuals and low-incidence populations."
Samantha Washington, EdD CCC-SLP 

"...Written in language that can be easily understood by practicing clinicians without a research background.  Good use of case studies.  ...It was good to know the history of telepractice.  It helps us see just how far we’ve come."
Amber Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP, FNAP, CDP, CMDCP



Chapter 1. An Introduction to Telepractice
Telepractice Past and Present
History of Telepractice

Telepractice Terminology

Pandemic and Health-Emergency Implications
Resuming In-Person Services

Chapter 2. Technology
Internet Speeds
Computer Specifications
Videoconferencing Platforms
Service Delivery Models

Blended Learning
Hybrid Versus Blended Learning
Determining the Service Delivery Model That Best Suits the Client
Addressing Absenteeism

Future Directions

Strategies to Improve Telepractice Models
Future Directions in Telehealth
Artificial Intelligence
Speech Recognition

Ten Tips to Make Connections Using Technology

Chapter 3. Models of Service Delivery
A Review of Literature and Telepractice Research
Client Candidacy
Apps and Websites
Cultural and Linguistic Considerations for Teletherapy

Culture and Technology
Preference for Digital Communication
Technology to Address Linguistic Considerations


Chapter 4. Assessments, Evaluations, and eHelpers
Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Managing Technology
Parent Coaching

Assessments and Evaluations

Set-Up for Successful Administration of Assessments

Standardized Assessment
Report Writing

Chapter 5. Engaging Clients: Case Scenarios
Case Scenario: Early Intervention

Background Information
Goals and Objectives
Telepractice Applications
Therapy and Materials
Challenges and Lessons Learned

Case Scenario: Preschool

Background Information
Telepractice Applications
Critical Thinking Questions

Case Scenario: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients

Background Information
Telepractice Applications
Critical Thinking Questions

Case Scenario: Elementary

Background Information
Telepractice Applications
Critical Thinking Questions

K-12 Case Scenario: Group Language Intervention

Background Information
Telepractice Applications
Critical Thinking Questions

Case Scenario: Middle School

Background Information
Goals and Objectives
Telepractice Applications
Therapy and Materials
Challenges and Lessons Learned

Case Scenario: High School

Background Information
Goals and Objectives
Telepractice Applications
Therapy Materials
Challenges and Lessons Learned

Case Scenario: Adult

Background Information
Goals and Objectives
Telepractice Applications
Therapy Materials
Challenges and Lessons Learned


Chapter 6. Telepractice as a Business
The Business Plan
Setting Therapy Rates
Marketing for Private Clients
Marketing to Schools
Setting Up for Success
Safety of Clients

Chapter 7. Confidentiality, Ethics and Legal/Regulatory Issues in Telepractice
Code of Ethics
State Regulations
Licensure Compacts

Telepractice and Licensure Compacts
Telepractice Opportunities Related to the ASLP-IC:

Federal Legal and Regulatory Issues


Melissa Jakubowitz

Melissa Jakubowitz, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, F-ASHA, is the owner of eLiveNow, a telepractice company. Prior to eLiveNow, she owned a successful private practice that she exited after 20 years. She is an experienced presenter in the area of telepractice and child language.  Melissa is an ASHA Fellow and holds CSHA Honors. She has served on numerous boards and committees for ASHA and CSHA. Most recently, she serves as the Chair of ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.

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Lesley Edwards-Gaither

Lesley Edwards-Gaither, PhD, CCC-SLP, has over 12 years of telepractice experience, and has researched, managed, and supervised many aspects of telepractice. Dr. Edwards-Gaither received her PhD from Howard University, Washington DC. She is currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University and an independent eLearning consultant developing online courses and training programs for speech-language pathology. Her areas of research include the intersections of culture, communication, and technology.

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